Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: FREE A-Fib Graphics for Your Articles and Posts

Journalists, healthcare writers and educators: FREE graphics are posted at to support your articles and posts. Included are illustrations of the normal heart and the heart in A-Fib, sample ECGs and diagrams of an A-Fib stroke.
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MALIBU, Calif. - Sept. 19, 2014 - PRLog -- Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) seen by physicians and has been called The New Epidemic in Cardiovascular Disease.1  An estimated 30%−50% of  those affected are unaware they have Atrial Fibrillation—often only learning about their A-Fib during a routine medical exam.2 Of patients with untreated A-Fib, 35% will suffer a stroke.3 Half of all A-Fib-related strokes are major and disabling.4

"Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month gives the media and healthcare educators the opportunity to help inform the public who may be walking around with A-Fib and the risk of stroke but don't know it," according to Steve S. Ryan, PhD, former A-Fib patient and publisher of Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients,

Atrial Fibrillation is one of the most under treated heart rhythm disorders in America. It's estimated that at least 2.2 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, and by 2050 that number will rise to over 7.5 million. Because it is common in people over age 60, this 'epidemic' will greatly affect the baby boomer generation. A-Fib accounts for about one-third of hospital admissions. Treating A-Fib patients costs the U.S. $26 billion annually.

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Six new graphics are available for download and illustrate the structure of the heart, blood flow and normal electrical conduction, as well as the heart in Atrial Fibrillation with its disorganized electrical signals. A-Fib stroke is also illustrated. Other free-to-use illustrations include ECG tracings of the heart in normal rhythm, in A-Fib and Atrial Flutter.

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To research more facts and statistics about Atrial Fibrillation, visit ( your unbiased, independent source for Atrial Fibrillation information and statistics backed up with full research citations and sources. Or download the A-Fib Facts Report at (

About the Author
Steve S. Ryan, PhD, is a former A-Fib patient, a noted healthcare educator and advocate for patients suffering from the heart condition, Atrial Fibrillation. In 2002, Dr. Ryan started Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients (, a source of unbiased and independent, well-researched information on current and emerging treatments, resources and medical research, written in plain language for patients and their families. Dr. Ryan is the author of the patient guidebook, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure.

Steve S. Ryan earned his PhD in Educational Communications from The Ohio State University and for many years taught film and television courses at the college level. For more, see Steve S. Ryan on LinkedIn,

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1 Gillinov AM, Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2002; 74:2210-17
2 Furberg, CD et al. Am J Cardiol. 1994; 74: 236-241.
3 Blackshear JL, Ann. Thorac. Surg. 1996;61:755-759.
4 Loftus, B. Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke. Bellaire Neurology

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